OOps, skipped the third book, but that's ok cause this one FINALLY captured me. Reading the first two was painful, and if I didn't love the Dresdin Files so much I wouldn't have continued, but I kept hoping Butcher would deliver. And this one finally does. And the first two books are nessecary to set the scene (probably the third one too, but I"m not sure I want to go back and read it). Anyway if he keeps it up like this I look forward to the next one.